The most convenient annual food drive is returning this Saturday. On May 11, postal workers throughout the U.S. will be making rounds to collect donated food from people’s doorsteps for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
For the 27th year in a row, the National Association of Letter Carriers is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service. On the second Saturday of every year, they gather food for local pantries.
Letter Carrier Lee Sciarra has worked at the Levittown Post Office for two decades. Each year he participates in Stamp Out Hunger, and said last year letter carriers brought in 71.6 pounds of food nationally.
“People can put any food, non-perishable items, out by their mailbox and when the carriers come around delivering mail, we pick it up for them,” Sciarra said. In the week prior to collection day, post workers put blue bags on each mailbox for residents to use.
Alex Bayrasli welcomed WBCB into the back of the Levittown Post Office on New Falls Road to give a brief tour. He has worked with this post office branch for five years.
“It’s really good. Last year, we got more than most years,” Bayrasli said of the record-breaking year. “Then Salvation Army comes to pick it up. It helps out the community and it’s a really good cause.”
Some people have already donated bags of food to the Levittown Post Office. Dozens of blue bags from early donors are already in the back.
Sciarra noted the drive helps supply food banks throughout the summer months. This is especially valuable because many children who use school programs for lunches or breakfast will not have access to these options during break.
In addition to the obvious benefits, Stamp Out Hunger also brings the letter carriers together.
“A lot of carriers will request off that day, but they volunteer their whole day and help with everything,” Bayrasli said. “Everybody is really helpful. Even if they’re done for the day, they stay an extra hour just so they can move stuff and make sure everything gets done.”
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive collects more than just canned goods. Pasta, cereal, peanut butter, oatmeal, and canola oil are all welcome, but donors must avoid glass containers.